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The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti by Meryle Secrest
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for review.

This book was basically a hodgepodge history of the Olivetti family: what they manufactured, where they had offices, who lived where and with whom, who they liked, what their politics were, and so forth. As a dynastic history, it was barely adequate. As a book about the history of desktop computers, it was a failure. If there was a conspiracy, I must have skipped over it because I don't remember reading about one.
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Reading Progress

September 17, 2019 – Shelved
September 17, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
October 6, 2019 – Shelved as: first-reads
October 25, 2019 – Started Reading
October 25, 2019 –
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2.19%
October 26, 2019 –
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13.75%
October 27, 2019 –
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18.75%
October 28, 2019 –
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22.81%
October 31, 2019 –
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31.25%
November 2, 2019 –
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37.19%
November 3, 2019 –
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42.5%
November 4, 2019 –
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48.44%
November 10, 2019 –
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55.63%
November 10, 2019 –
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November 12, 2019 –
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62.5%
November 19, 2019 –
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67.81%
November 25, 2019 –
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71.25%
December 2, 2019 – Finished Reading

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